London has taken a lead on promoting city based green initiatives with a range of new projects:
– first off, there is a new art installation in Trafalgar Square – the remains of trees which once stood as high as Nelson’s column are at the heart of ‘Ghost Forest’ put in place to highlight global deforestation and climate change (see www.ghostforest.org )
– next up, Mayor Boros Johnson has announced that he aims to have 25000 recharge points for electric cars in place by 2015 – go Boris go!
– There are plans for a new London Cycle Hire scheme and Cycle Superhighways to encourage pedal power in the capital
– Five hydrogen buses will join TfL’s bus fleet in 2010 – running on hydrogen hybrid fuel, reducing CO2 emissions and helping in the fight against climate change
– London Underground are stepping up efforts to recycle the millions of free newspapers (The Metro, City AM and The Evening Standard) given out to Londoners each week. Current rates are now up to 40% plus.
– The Mayor has plans in hand for cleaner air in London by making sure all minicabs and taxis meet stricter emission regulations by 2012; by bringing in phase three of the Low Emission Zone; and by supporting campaigns to cut pollution. See www.london.gov.uk